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Any engine needs back pressure to run efficiently. That is what the mufflers do, they create back pressure. So, by removing the muffler(s), you have stopped the back pressure, which in turn causes the engine not to run efficiently.

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Q: What happens to the efficiency of car engine if the muffler is removed?
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